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Northeast Denver Housing Center (NDHC) creates sustainable, healthy housing opportunities for underserved households in Denver, Colorado, through outreach, education, and affordable housing development.
The organization utilizes mapping technology to advocate for its vision of redeveloped neighborhoods that have ample healthy food, recreation, transportation, and child care for residents.
Founder and executive director Gete Mekonnen said that mapping technology allows NDHC to "communicate to funders in a simple, clear way the need for low-income housing in our city."
Mekonnen adds: "We use Esri ArcGIS maps to show developers where affordable housing could fit into their plans. We also use mapping to educate lawmakers on how to incentivize developers.
"We also used maps to demonstrate to funders and city officials our impact in our Healthy Homes Initiative, where we provide home improvement assistance to reduce risk from lead poisoning and asthma triggers in low-income homes."
NDHC requested a donation of Esri ArcGIS for Desktop Basic software from TechSoup in 2012 and found it so beneficial that the nonprofit requested another donation in 2014.
This software is geographic information system (GIS) mapping software, which provides a birds-eye view of a situation on the ground, like the NDHC map that shows where the organization did lead abatement in pre-1978 homes to bring them up to code.
The Esri offer also includes free online courses on how to operate and apply the software. NDHC employs these materials to train architecture graduate students. The students learn to utilize the software to demonstrate need in housing community development.
NDHC is now putting Esri mapping software to work for many different projects and audiences. Some of NDHC's current mapping projects include:
This article was written by Jim Lynch, director of green technology, TechSoup.
This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License.
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